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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)

Doppelgänger (original title)
The European Space Exploration Council sends two astronauts to explore a planet similar to the Earth but located on the opposite side of the sun.

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Colonel Glenn Ross
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John Kane
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Jason Webb
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Sharon Ross
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Lisa Hartmann
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Paulo Landi (as Franco Derosa)
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Mark Neuman
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David Poulson (as Edward Bishop)
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Captain Ross
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Doctor Hassler
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A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to send American astronaut Glenn Ross and British scientist John Kane via spaceship to explore the other planet. After a disastrous crash-landing Ross awakes to learn that Kane lies near death and that they apparently have returned to Earth, as evidenced by the presence of the Council director and his staff. Released to the custody of his wife, he soon learns things are not as they seem. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You will meet yourself face-to-face when Earth meets its duplicate in outer space! See more »

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28 August 1969 (Italy)  »

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Patrick Wymark's character complains of heart trouble early in the film. Ironically, Wymark really did have a bad heart and died the following year. See more »

Goofs

Perturbations caused by the inner planets on each other were carefully measured in the 19th century, leading to the oddity for Mercury that Einstein explained with General Relativity.

An extra counter-Earth would have produced detectable effects that could not have been missed. See more »

Quotes

Sharon Ross: You went up there a man, you came back half a man.
Glenn Ross: [Holding up contraceptive pills] Maybe this is why we're not having any kids!
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Really Cool!
10 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I had never seen this movie before it aired on a local cable sci-fi network. It reminded me of the Irwin Allen TV series of the late 60's (Time Tunnel etc). Excellent effects (they beat Star Trek 5 done 20 years later, but then that wasn't very hard to accomplish).

I found the script very intriguing and mature for this type of production. They would have needed a few touch ups to tie some loose ends on the characters' level, but for a kid movie its surprisingly interesting (especially the the glimpse at futuristic euro- politics, surprisingly similar to today's European Union!)

The plot is indeed reminiscent of Twilight Zone in general (as other users have pointed), but in this case it's a compliment.

Great sets, by the way!

7/10


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